Seeking Asylum Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border

ISBN-10: 0816665389

ISBN-13: 9780816665389

Edition: 2010

Authors: Alison Mountz

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In July 1999, Canadian authorities intercepted four boats off the coast of British Columbia carrying nearly six hundred Chinese citizens who were being smuggled into Canada. Government officials held the migrants on a Canadian naval base, which it designated a port of entry. As one official later recounted to the author, the Chinese migrants entered a legal limbo, treated as though they were walking through a long tunnel of bureaucracy to reach Canadian soil.The "long tunnel thesis" is the basis of Alison Mountz's wide-ranging investigation into the power of states to change the relationship between geography and law as they negotiate border crossings. Mountz draws from many sources to argue that refugee-receiving states capitalize on crises generated by high-profile human smuggling events to implement restrictive measures designed to regulate migration. Whether states view themselves as powerful actors who can successfully exclude outsiders or as vulnerable actors in need of stronger policies to repel potential threats, they end up subverting access to human rights, altering laws, and extending power beyond their own borders.Using examples from Canada, Australia, and the United States, Mountz demonstrates the centrality of space and place in efforts to control the fate of unwanted migrants.
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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 4/8/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Struggles to Land in States of Migration
Human Smuggling and Refugee Protection
Seeing Borders Like a State
Ethnography of the State
Crisis and the Making of the Bogus Refugee
Stateless by Geographical Design
In the Shadows of the State
What Kind of State Are We In?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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